[ ahy-am-bik ]
/ aɪˈæm bɪk /


  1. pertaining to the iamb.
  2. consisting of or employing an iamb or iambs.
Greek Literature. noting or pertaining to satirical poetry written in iambs.


  1. an iamb.
  2. Usually iambics. a verse or poem consisting of iambs.
Greek Literature. a satirical poem in this meter.

Origin of iambic

1565–75; < Latin iambicus < Greek iambikós. See iambus, -ic

Related forms

i·am·bi·cal·ly, adverbun·i·am·bic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for iambic


/ (aɪˈæmbɪk) prosody /


of, relating to, consisting of, or using an iamb or iambs
(in Greek literature) denoting a type of satirical verse written in iambs


a metrical foot, line, or stanza of verse consisting of iambs
a type of ancient Greek satirical verse written in iambs

Derived Forms

iambically, adverb
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